Can You Dig It?

Posted: May 28th, 2011

I want to make no bones about it folks, we are in a hole and we need your help digging our way out! As we wind down towards the end of a very busy week here at ABR we want you all to keep in mind that memorial day weekend is a time to remember our fallen heroes! those who have stood by us, protecting us and our country. We at ABR consider our amazing canine friends to be heroes! they stand by us regardless of where we live, how much money we have, and even if we are mean to them and don’t take care of them. Please take the time to read about our newest furry friends who need your help, Baby Jane who is just 3mo. old and was dumped at a shelter by her owners who couldn’t afford her. Jane is dehydrated and malnourished, but still she tries to wag her tail and lick your hand! Beaumont, who was found in Florida malnourished and heart worm positive has been so well received by our faithful friends and we appreciate it so much!!! Darla, needs knee surgery but it doesn’t stop her from wanting to walk around to greet people and other dogs! Chi Chi is in a foster home and also needs knee surgery. All these poor babies need help so they can get well and be able to take a walk or run free on a summer day! We will continue to report you on their progress. We hate to keep barking up the same tree, but donations are what keep us going! There would be no ABR without your help. Thank you to those who are always supportive, we appreciate you! So as you are gathering with friends and family and maybe even the family dog this weekend please stop and remember some of the precious pups we have. Let’s get them on there way to a happy, healthy life, they deserve a fun summer! My husband who served in the Marine corp, has a tatoo on his arm that says SEMPER FI which means ALWAYS FAITHFUL. He has been faithful to his country and now he is to the rescue, please consider one of Mick’s handmade with love, elevated dog bowl holders! The purchase helps a dog in need. I also want you to think about the words semper fi this memorial day weekend and how the meaning describes a dog, always faithful. Safe holiday, Trish

P.S. please don’t forget to check out our upcoming events in PA. and MD. won’t you join us we would love to see you there!


Jefferson is a sweet unique boy who is around 2-3 years old. He came from a high kill shelter after the time was up. We think Jefferson had limited positive interactions with people. Initially he was very stand offish and would not respond to any talk, touch, or love you tried to give him. He’s come a long way and will give you kisses and sit in your lap for pets and praises. Jefferson is believed to be a cross between american bulldog and alapaha blue blood bulldog. He is very intelligent and typical of the breed, has a high prey drive. Because of this, it’s best if Jefferson is an only dog. Jefferson would be best for a home with bulldog experience as he can be stubborn and persistent. He does learn very quickly and is eager to please. I am in FL.
CoCo is probably one of the happiest dogs around. He LOVES other dogs of all shapes and sizes. He is housetrained and a joy to be around…we are so lucky to have you . We are sorry that your former family had no time for you, we promise you the best life ever. CoCo is hanging out with lots of other dogs in PA
Remember the 4 beauties that came in together as “strays” but were amazingly bonded….hmmm. Well Rainbow and Sheriff went to Texas and Duke and Rambo remained in Florida. Duke and Rambo were finally sprung from boarding and have a wonderful foster mamma that couldn’t believe the ease of introducing 2 more dogs to their 2 other dogs. They are that good and well behaved. Bo came to us from a high kill shelter, as part of a group of 4. He’s a stunning bulldog who has wonderful AB physical traits (extremely muscular- large build) as well as alot of the typical personality traits…he is VERY proud and quite stubborn when he wants to be. He is very loving and sweet though and likes to be the center of attention. Bo seems to be happiest as an only dog. I am hanging out in Tamarac, FL
Doesn’t Tango look wonderful? He’s had his eyes fixed and been neutered and now the only thing he’s waiting for is his very own home! Tango is approx. 2-3 years old and is such a fantastic boy! He definitely had a Guardian Angel watching over him when his GREAT (not good-GREAT) samaritan literally saved his life.
She witnessed him falling into a canal in Florida at midnight. She convinced 2 guys to jump in and save him. This was the first miracle in this sweet boys life. He was very lucky that an alligator didn’t snatch him. He’s also very lucky Patty was there because most American Bulldogs don’t swim and will sink like a rock. His second miracle is Patty herself. Patty has taken great care of Tango and got him all fixed up and delivered to our boarding facilty until a foster home opens up for this wonderful guy.Tango is going to be a big boy and now weighs a skinny 80+ lbs. I expect him to reach 90-100 easily. He pays no attention to other dogs or cats and just wants to be with people and LOVED. He obeys commands and just wants to please everyone.Tango is located in Hawthorne, FL.
Achilles was living in a home with another female American Bulldog. They were best Buds! He is house trained and so sweet. He is just over a year old and in Maryland.

We allready have dogs in MD who need over $4,000 in surgery. Please help cover Julie, ChiChi and Darla so we can pull Isabeau and give her the help she needs.

Special Plea! This is a note from the shelter staff:
This time, we have a really sweet, white and red brindle, female, about 6 yr old. She is about 58 lbs(Our scale has it’s good days and bad days :0). I would call her an English Bulldog but one of animal handlers said she looks a little like an American Bulldog. If you look at her tail, it is short and has a kink in it, so I just think they didn’t dock her tail. You can make your own assumption by her pictures. She acts like an English. She is calm, sweet and has the stocky and bow legged look of the English Bulldog. She was found on Route 1 in Jessup when someone stopped and picked her up by a hotel. She was dirty, had stained fur and was very tired. when you walk her to her cage, she walks right in and sits down, like she was someone’s kennel dog. She looks like she has been bred a lot too. After she meets you once, she will remember you, she is very sweet and happy to see you.
She just follows you and sits next to you. She is very attached to her cage and will contently sit and wait for you. She has met a small Chihuahua. She got excited when she saw her, went up and said hi, and lost interest in her quickly.
She has been looked at by the vet. She walks on her back leg, but limps on it. The vet suspects a torn cranial cruciate. Our vet will need to sedate
her and take x-rays for a final diagnosis. She is on Rimadyl for now.
Let me know if you think you can take her. We will be holding her until May 28th.


Daisy here! I wanted to update everyone on my progress. Ive had the first of my two surgeries to help me live a pain free life. Thank you to everyone who was able to help me begin my dream of being pain free. Since my surgery my progress hasnt been the fastest, so said the vet, but I work hard. My foster mommy and daddy are impressed with my rehab, even though I can be stubborn. They help me with rehab by taking me for lots of walks and I return their generosity by walking wonderfully on the leash.Oh yea, I almost forgot to tell you where I am.
I am in sunny and HOT Florida .
Tiny is a quiet, shy 3 year old who came to us when her family relocated and could not take her. She misses them very much and seems sad at the kennel. Tiny is housebroken, walks nicely on a leash and is a well mannered girl. She lived with teenage children and enjoyed playing with the neighbor’s dog.
HI! I’m Piper and trust me, I am super happy, fun, love my tennis balls & rides in the truck, and most of all I love my people and my doggie buddies. I play nice with kids and other big dogs but, not so good with cats ( they’re really fun to chase though). My foster family said my obedience is coming along nicely and I am working hard at being a good girl. I guess I won’t get away with my good looks all my life so I better shape it up. I know sit, wait, and come and we are working hard on my kennel training. I am still a bit of a work in progress but I am soooo worth it, after all I’m still a puppy. I’m very thankful for lots of love, good food, and tons of belly rubs and even though I’m tan and white, I promise you I am true blue!
This is Mojo, her name means magical, but she hasn’t had a magical beginning. She came to ABR as a traumatized, feral puppy. If that wasn’t bad enough, we soon found out she had severe hip dysplaysia.
Her foster Mom, seeing the potential this special girl has, drove 8 hours to take her to a vet in another state to have her hip surgery. She is recovering nicely from her surgery, and all she needs to make her life as magical as her name, is a family of her own.
She plays with her foster sister, and even likes the grumpy old cat that lives there too. She is crate and house trained, is learning to walk nicely on a leash. She knows the house rules, and is a very good girl.
Please give Mojo the magical life she so deserves. All she wants is a home of her own where she is loved.

Mojo’s photo album

PERCELLA is just 12 months old now and was found virtually blind. Her eye lids turned under and she wouldn’t open her eyes since it hurt her so much. She has since had surgery and can see, a whole new world opened up for her and she’s like a BABY. She loves to play and always has a sqeaky toy in her mouth. She treats her toys with much respect and handles them gently. She’s very frightened of new things and people but will warm up after a time. She needs lots of socialization but discovers new things every day and once she knows you will become your good friend. She was most likely a back yard breeders dog who saw her problem eyes and just left her outside to fend for herself. She finally escaped and was found at the young age of 7 months by the ACO and when brought to the shelter, she was skin and bones, had mange on her upper body from trying to dig her way out (which she did) and of course couldn’t see. She Loves, just Loves others dogs, especially male dogs. She also loves to go for car rides so she can see the world.
How can you resist this face? Well we couldn’t. Little Julie is a small girl and still needs to gain some weight but is just as loving and sweet as she can be.
I’m so happy that Sun Kiva Kennels had room to take her in. She’s been spayed and vaccinated and can’t wait to find someone to love her furever!
Julie is located in Hawthorne, FL until a foster home becomes available.
Lindsay was rescued from a shelter in Maryland. She is safe in her foster home with Lis and her cats and dog so she will recieve alot of love and socialization. Lindsay is located in MD.
Grace is a lovable, laid back girl. She was very shy and timid when she came to stay with us. After a few days she began to trust us and came right out of her shell. Grace moved into the house and you could tell right away that she had been a house dog at one time. She has all of the manners and is house-broken (only a few accidents the first couple of days as we learned her needs and she learned us). Her tail now wags all the time and she is a happy girl. She loves other dogs and is excited whenever she gets to play with our neighbors dogs. We also have 4 cats that she loves. She loves to play chase with them – sometimes it’s hard to tell who is chasing who!! Grace is a lap baby. She is content to sit in my lap or beside me as long as she is being loved on. Grace has her own bed but she doesn’t mind sleeping with my son in his bed. (He doesn’t mind either). We will miss Grace – she has stolen our hearts – but we know that there is a wonderful forever home waiting for her!! Grace resides in NC.
Rusty is cool. Rusty knows he is cool. At 18 month he went from being an adorable puppy who was allowed to do whatever he liked because it was probably very cute and very funny …to a 100 + pound puppy who doesn’t understand why anyone it telling him what to do! Lucky for Rusty his foster dad is an amazing trainer and he is learning how to do everything he is supposed to without a treat. He is housebroken and crate trained. He does not chew or ruin anything, when left alone and will go to his new family with training classes for life. He should live in a home as an only dog. He is located near Quakertown PA.
Well Lovely Lydia is in Florida and great with other dogs and spectacular with children! She is a Cinderella story. Please look her up on our Florida Petfinder page.

New Arrivals:

Vivian is a lovable 3 year old female who
has some pretty bad allergies and skin
infections.She needs some really great food,
TLC and lots of training. She seems to be OK
with other dogs so far but we will see how
she does in the next few weeks. She will be
spayed and her eye and skin infections
will be treated. She is located in PA.
We were contacted about an emaciated dog that was found as a stray when someone dumped him in front of a dog park just before the park opened. Shock was the first thing that came to us when we saw his pictures. This poor boy was at death’s door. The wonderful woman that found him drove him from vet to vet and even her own vet. They all refused to help him. We couldn’t turn our backs on Beaumont. He was picked up from animal control and driven directly to a wonderful clinic that we’ve used many times. Braumont is in FL
Kyra is 3 years old. She is great with Kids, other dogs, cats and strangers. She is house trained, leash trained she LOVES to go on walks and for rides in the car 🙂 she sits in the car like a little person with her belly hanging out. Kyra has a ton of personality and will make you laugh all day with her little noises. She grunts, snorts, and I think at times even tries to talk. Kyra needs to eat a grain free food because she is prone to itchy skin if she eats corn, wheat soy or rice.She is a typical Bulldog who needs her ears cleaned and needs to eat good food. She is in PA
Rest in Peace Jane
5-31-11 We are devastated to report that our Vet in Maryland called to say that to keep Jane alive any longer would have been cruel. They euthanized Baby Jane this afternoon. The vet tech was holding her when it happened :-(. She began to decline rapidly today and the vet detected internal bleeding. He did not think she would survive a surgery and she was almost in a coma. They did an autopsy and one of her kidneys was abnormally enlarged and they suspect she may have had a congenital defect. Tests will soon reveal if it was something else. They did everything they could. So very sad. We are so grateful for all of the donations and we will use it to pay off her emergency room bill and vetting. And no matter what caused this whether a congenital defect, antifreeze, lyme disease, leptospirosis we need to remember that when you buy a dog from a backyard breeder or puppy mill, you are supporting people who could sell a dog to someone in this condition.

We will update this as soon as we get the blood and autopsy results.
  • Sweet Baby Jane is a 3 mo old english/american bulldog mix who has not had a great start in her short little life. Dumped off at a shelter by her owners who could not afford to take care of her, she was pulled by ABR just 2 hours before she was to be put down. Dehydrated, malnourished and so sick she is hanging on by a thread. Despite all that, she still tried to wag her little tail and lick a hand. Jane spent 24 hours in the ER and is not at our regular Vet’s office living on IV fluids and antibiotics. She is a sweetheart who has won over the entire vet hospital staff with her determination to live and we pray she keeps hanging on! We could sure use some help in funding Baby Jane’s care, so please donate if you can and add her to your puppy prayer list.
Darla had been turned in by her family when they found out she had a torn cruciate in her left rear knee. The corrective surgery is expensive and the shelter really doubted that a rescue would commit to taking Darla knowing the financial burden that went along with her. The shelter volunteer sent an email again the following day and raved about Darla’s sweet personality. She greeted every person and dog with a wag of her tail as she stumbled along on three legs. We sent Darla’s photo to a local vet and she agreed to do the surgery for $625, less than half of her normal fee. We found a loving foster family and Darla was saved! Her visit to the surgeon confirmed the torn cruciate in the left leg and, surprisingly, also in the right leg. We’ve had the surgery done on the left knee. The surgeon told us it was the worst knee she had ever repaired and must have been horribly painful. Darla is two weeks into her eight week recovery period and doing fabulously. The poor girl now faces surgery on the other knee (another $625), then, 8 weeks later, will be spayed. It’s been a long road for little Darla and she shows her gratitude with kisses.

Happy Tails:

Goliath is settling in really well. He is such an amazingly good dog – we honestly feel lucky to have him! After just 1 week he is walking politely at our side with slack on the leash (thanks to the gentle-leader). He’s so warm, goofy, and fun – thank you for the best dog ever!

I’m pleased to say that Skylar is spectacular, well adjusted, and loves her “brother” Barney. She is scheduled to be spayed in two weeks. She is already well socialized and everyone who meets her falls in love with her. She is crate trained, but is well behaved outside the crate and on days when I am home all day, the crate door is open and she eats and drinks in there, but otherwise likes to be wherever Barney is. I’ll do my best to update more frequently, because I know your heart and soul is in this rescue process. I’m so grateful for people like you.
Hussellbee is a sweet love bug that prefers to sleep 90% of the time… He does enjoy a nice walk as long as theres a nap at the end. He is completely house broken and lets you know when its time to go out… He does not like the cold so bathroom breaks are short….. He seems fine with female dogs, but he prefers quite time so he can sleep… Great companion dog, especially for those lazy nights and weekends….. He LOVES to eat! When he arrived he was very underweight not an issue anymore
At 4 months old and 51 pounds, Po was the biggest of his brothers, and will definitely be a big boy. He is so sweet, easy going, and laid back. He loves to tussel (play) with his brother Saylor. He is smart and such a love bug, loves to give kisses. He loves to play toy, loves to snuggle, and loves to romp and play. He is doing great at potty training and is working on perfecting it. He is great in the car, on walks, and was also a star at the Vet. He is just incredible, so sweet, and he too will melt your heart.

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